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our coverage will continue through the night and all morning right here on cnn. you can always get the latest news at for now, i'm poppy harlow in new york. up next cnn's original film" glen campbell, i'll be me." welcome to the special presentation of "glen campbell i'll be me" for 140 years lily has been dedicated to making life better through our medicines and for the last quarter century we listen have been working to discover treatments for alzheimer's disease. we are making progress, but a breakthrough can't come soon enough. tonight, we're proud to partner with cnn to bring you this powerful film.
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♪ ♪ ♪ ♪ >> who is that? >> it's you, honey. >> that's me there? >> that was you.
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>> that is me. i don't know which one i'm holding. >> your oldest daughter. >> is that debbie? debbie. ♪ will have [ laughter ] >> i forgot. who's he? >> come on, you know who that is. it's you, honey sdplchlt oh. it's a movie about you. >> no kidding. i'll be me. ♪ >> who is that? >> that's billy. >> oh, it's my daughter. >> no, that's your second wife. >> billie.
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>> you were married for 16 years. you had kelly, travis and cane. >> oh, really? >> who is that? >> that's your third wife, sara and then you met me. >> she's a good looking girl. she still is. >> that is six boys. now i have six boys, two girls. >> yeah. replenish the earth it says. >> yeah, but not one person. >> mr. campbell, how does it feel to be the mother of one of the finest recording stars in the country? >> well, we are proud of him and everything. but i still the same old same. >> what kind of boy was glen, mr. campbell? >> he was just a good old country boy.
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♪ >> thank you so much. i guess i have a lot of people to thank for this, too. mainly folks in the cma and tommy smothers for giving me a chance to do a show. ♪ >> ♪ >> one of the biggest records he has ever had rhinestone cowboy on the way to sell 2 million copies of one record. >> that's the first number one record. >>. >> i'm glen campbell. ♪
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>> in 1968, the entertainer of the year was glen campbell. ♪ >> raw beach boy? can you sit in for brian wilson? ♪ >> i know i haven't changed i don't think. when you go home people treat you so different. ♪ >> he grew up dirt poor in arkansas, learned suz moouzic son a sears and roebuck guitar and became one of the biggest recording stars of all time. a as a much sought after studio musician he recorded with frank sinatra, elvis to the beach boyce. ♪
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>> if it is as successful as everyone says it is going to be we may have something going. ♪ >> the rhinestone cowboy himself, mr. glen campbell. [ donald duck speaking ] -- imitation. ] >> people say is there no end. >> no beginning. >> you know what the date is
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today? the month, day and year. what month do you think this is? >> what is it? i don't know. let's go look. >> what time of the year? are we in winter, spring, summer or fall? >> i don't worry about those things. >> don't worry about that. >> do you know the year. >> 1870, something like that. >> no, no, no. [ laughter ] >> i don't pay attention to those things. but when it is needed i take care of that. >> how old are you now? >> i don't know, how old am i? ♪ >> i was born in 1936, 1949. >> 76. >> so you are 76 now. >> do you know where you are right now? what's the name of this place? >> i don't know. >> what kind of a place is this? where have you come? >> obviously i'm being analyzed. >> okay.
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so what kind of -- what is this? is this this a hospital medical facility? >> uh-huh. >> that's what it is. right. who was the first president of the united states? can you go back to your school years? who was the first president? >> my goodness. i don't know. i don't use that very much lately. >> i'd like you to try to remember four words. okay. i'm going to give you four words. you try to remember them now. >> if, and but are my big ones. >> those are later. try to remember these four words, okay. >> okay. >> apple. >> mr. johnson. >> mr. johnson. >> charity. >> and tunnel. >> can you give those back to me now. >> no. i have no use for it now. >> i can play guitar.
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>> you know how to do that. >> i have done it a few times. >> i imagine so. >> two injections. >> two injections. >> same stuff. >> no. it is different material. it will get taken up differently in the brain. >> oh. but my brain is so smart. i was so bright my daddy called me son. gullible for silly things. did they stick that in me? >> yeah, you have a needle in there but there's no tube to it yet. >> all right. now i'm going to have you rest quietly in here and in about 30 minutes i will come and get you and we will go for pictures. >> does that me you are knocking me out? >> no. i want you to rest quietly in here. i'm going to turn the lights
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out. >>. ♪ i remember too distant battle ♪ and stars that fell out of the blue ♪ >> like the rain. >> huh? >> oh, the rain. >> stars fell like the rain. ♪ and the rain out of the blue when my life is threw ♪ ♪ >> ♪ and the angels ask me to recall ♪ >>. ♪ i remember too you are the one that says i do ♪ .
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>> we'll be right in. >> this is your brain. >> wow. >> it's like you are looking straight at the camera. we are looking front on at the brain. this particular shot we're looking at this region of the brain. >> oh. >> because that's the part of the brain among others that is involved with memory. >> that butterfly in there on purpose? >> the butterfly is sort of water space in the brain. it is like where ventricles, where the spinal fluid is, okay. so right in here is the structure called the hippo campus. that is vital for memory. unfortunately in alzheimer's disease, it starts to shrink. we can see here on this mrk r scan that yours is smaller than it used to be. it used to occupy this whole space but now it is considerably smaller. this is what we call atrophied.
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if we look at the bottom pictures here. the ones with the blue background. the brain pattern was normal, it would be solid dark blue, like this color in here. so things in that part of the brain are not working quite normally. >> hmm. >> this indicates in all likelihood your difficulties are due to alzheimer's disease. >> hmm. >> we are able to do that now. this is a fairly sophisticated new test now that tells us that is the likely underlying cause. >> i figured that was just getting the ones out that i don't really want or need. >> trying to forget things you don't need anymore. trying to clear out the mind a bit. >> well, i do. i forget them. >> i knew it was alzheimer's, but it's more solidly in my mind now that i have to accept it.
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it's really hard. but i just, you know, i just have to maintain as long as i can and try to keep him healthy and happy. >> when i first heard the word dementia, the reaction was first sympathy, empathy, but also as a businessman, wow, what's this going to mean? what about the tour? is that going to be viable? and we need to deal with this properly. we need to go public with it. >> would you stop it? >> no. >> let me fix this. ♪
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♪ every street is dark and bold ♪ >> we got the diagnosis of alzheimer's about the same time that "ghost on the campus" was being released, which is a fabulous, fabulous piece. and, you know, we wanted to go out and promote it. that was part of our responsibility with the record company and with jillian. >> suffering with this disease that he has, i mean, if he didn't have the kind of pitch that he has, the perfect pitch. if he was half of the musician that he is, i don't think -- i don't know how he would pull this off. ♪ >> wait a minute. >> the new songs might be a little bit of a challenge because they are new and it's a little harder for him to learn new songs. but we're drilling them in his
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head every day. he is practicing with the lyrics. >> i had it exactly where i wanted it. >> like 120. >> put it at 122 out of kicks. put it at 122. >> just for kicks. >> it's too many indians in here, man. i'm the chief. there's one driver in here. so if you want to me to fire you from the ditch. >> that's one of our biggest problems. glen is unrehearsable. any rehearsal is more like a sound check. he can't get through a song without stopping and trying to either tell somehow how to play their instrument or that they are playing too loud. >> wait a minute. >> one thing i noticed about him asking for a strange tempo change was that, i mean sometimes my brother would be like a little argumentative and say, dad, that's the wrong one and i'd say guys let's just do it for him. ♪ >> got to be a little faster.
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>> here we go. >> that's right. it's my record. 4:00 clock, go on in 45 minutes. >> here's your coffee. be careful. i don't know how hot that is. >> today is glen's first television performance since the release of the new record. since the diagnose know sis of alzheimer's. >> see that little circle? it is very important that you don't go outside of that circle. >> the cameras. >> yeah. >> stand where i want to, sing where i want to. you got it. ♪ ♪ >> well, i feel like a stage mother. i guess as a stage mother i know the performance backwards and forwards.
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i know every word. i know every lick on the guitar. ♪ it is like an organism. we are trying to compensate if he goes this way, we go that way. >> we were terrified that my dad would not be able to do it right. he wouldn't be able to get through the song. we were terrified he was going to wander off in to the audience. he kept turning around to look at cal and the drums to tell the bass player how to play. >> are you a bass player? >> sure i am. >> what's your biggest fear about this show today? >> that he can't do it. my biggest fear. >> what about the tour? >> it would be hard to continue to do, to do things.
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>> my next guest an american icon. he's won five grammy awards, seven academy of country music awards and three american music awards. sold 50 million records worldwide. he went public with the fact he had been diagnosed with alzheimer's disease and written his final record as a tribute to his life. tonight he is joined by three of his kids to perform "ghost on the campus." please welcome glen campbell. >> i'm happy to be here. ♪ ♪ i've tried and i have failed i've won and i've lost i've lived and i have loved ♪ ♪ sometimes at such a cost but you know what ♪
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one thing is an unknown this old world been good to me ♪ ♪ a better place awaits you'll see ♪ ♪ some day days i'm in confusion my past gets in my way ♪ ♪ i need the ones i love most more and more each day ♪ ♪ but you know what one thing i know this old world been good to me ♪ ♪ a better place you'll see
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♪ a better place >> i got through it. >> glen campbell! >> hi, buddy. good job. >> god bless you. >> thank you, all. >> you are one of those guys that just impacted a lot of people. such great songs. like the great american song book and you are part of it. thank you. >> you are okay. >> we love having you. you are always welcome. you have been here many times and anytime you want to come we are always here. >> thank you. god bless you. >> off beautiful family congratulations. >> if f that daughter wants to come back without you, that's
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fine. >> watch them all. put them to work. >> that's the way to do it. >> thank you so much. thanks you guys. ♪ >> definitely some woo-woo in there. >> you know when you do a major city like new york or l.a., they are always important shows because all of the critics come and you want to put your best foot forward. when it came time to do the nokia show here in l.a., we had some rehearsals. just to make sure we shored it up and did our very best. >> maybe in his current state of haziness when he connects to something that he's been doing for so long or just brings him the most joy, i think that then he actually becomes himself again. >> it really is fun. most incredible set up that i
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have ever been in with the kids and my wife and playing with the kids in the band. it really is fun. >> it's not all bad necessarily. it's kind of like we get to shell brat his -- celebrate his life while he's still around. some people we don't get to see the full picture of what their life has been until they are gone. with this illness, we know that the end is kind of near, at least for his career and kind of celebrate it and enjoy it with him still with us. it's actually kind of nice. >> turn it down. >> a big musical challenge in this show that most musicians don't have to deal with which is
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anything could happen. all bets are off. but that's kind of exciting. >> where. >> to do your show. >> we are going to sing some songs, aren't we? >> yeah. ♪ >> give me six minutes. ♪ >> show time! >> show time. >> let him go to work. ♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> thank you y'all so much. i'll tell you, i really do appreciate you. thank you for making my evening.
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my kids -- boy, is this in c? okay. okay. ♪ i really like this song. ♪ got an easy place to be in my arms baby in my arms ♪ ♪ got a simple space to feel free in my arms ♪ ♪ baby in my arms >> glen would say, god has a purpose in everything. there's a purpose in everything. and that's what he would say. if he knew the full ramifications of what was going on. >> glen's not more important
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because he is musical but here's somebody with one of the greatest gifts god ever put in to somebody and at the end of the day it hasn't really take than gift away from him. >> he had such a great demeanor and was in his glory. it's really something i'm so glad i got to see. this is your last chance. ♪ ♪ >> people were just so encouraging and loving and they all knew that there's been so
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much press about him having alzheimer's. they all knew and they were cheering him on. giving him so much love. that was the biggest blessing and confirmation we were doing the right thing. >> los angeles, california! yeah. >> i think the decision to book a tour and do tour is incredibly courageous because, you know, inherent in there is the risk that he could kind of undermine people's respect for him or, you know, appreciation for him. >> you sing lead. ♪ i got a feeling called the blues ♪ >> g. there you go. >> i have a feeling called the blues, oh lord since my baby said good-bye ♪ >> traveling 0 then bus with the
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entire crew, the band, everybody, thank god we all like each other. ♪ ♪ >> the whole operation is more of a family vibe. so, you know, glen -- i wouldn't say so much of a father figure but he's been a great mentor. he's been a great friend to me for many years. ♪ such a beautiful dream ♪ >> my husband clancey has been working with the campbell s almost 30 years. ♪ ♪ i have grown so used to you somehow ♪ i am nobody's sugar daddy now ♪ i got the love sick blues ♪ >> makes it feel like family. we share holidays together went we are out or whatever. it is a family vibe. they have accepted us, jill and myself our son aaron and he and
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aaron get along really well. a lot of people think aaron is possibly his grandson. they are just part of the road family. . ♪ >> we have a strong relationship. we have been together so long he barely even forgets me. nickname he calls me now is whistle britches. >> why? >> that's the only name he remembers. ♪ nothing but the whole wide world to gain ♪ ♪ nothing nothing nothing but the whole wide world to gain ♪ ♪ nothing nothing ♪ got nothing but the whole wide whole wide world to gain ♪ >> here's our fridge. got goodies in here, peanut butter and jelly.
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back lounge. ♪ over the borderline there are no more love lost monomore gains ♪ no more digging holes or graves nothing to lose but rivets and chains got nothing but the whole wide world to gain ♪ >> we did a show last night. i'd like to have a diagram that showed where you were ever second because it was all over. >> little too busy. >> you can't stand still. >> betsy ross said when she finished the flag. is this too busy? ♪ no rich man's worth his weight and they burr hiry them the same as they do us ♪
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>> stop, stop, stop. >> okay. that one is there and now we go over. and this one goes here. how did you do yours so quickly? >> because i'm faster than you. >> oh i have a different kind of shoe i think. >> every little thing affects glen in a big way. you know, with his teeth, he had little something on his tooth. so he asked for knives. does anyone have a knife or razor blade. he wants to stick things in his mouth. >> that is a tiffany diamond. >> my earring is in his mouth as we speak. >> obsesses over every little thing. >> i don't know who got that started. >> what, that you had alzheimer's. >> it's a rumor. >> a rumor. >> he's always up. he's always up. even through his challenges and
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all of that. he jokes around constantly. he has more jokes than anyone i have ever met and we crack each other up all the time and have a wonderful time. >> i have cried and i have laughed. laughing is a hell of a lot better. >> flex your muscles for me, honey. woo, woo. are you kidding me? that's not a 75-year-old body. woo, just don't turn sideways. >> part of me was afraid that people were going to though show because they thought it was a stock car race. they were going to see a crash but they were almost expecting to see something and maybe i should have more respect for my fellow human beings. but it turns out the people seem to want to be there to see something they may not be able to see again. in a way it's a blessing for his
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fans because we know that on down the line we're not going to be able to go and see him and watch him perform. so now is our opportunity to get out and to be able to see, you know, a living legend. glen and my dad were friends. his music filled the house, the cash house. >> music magically makes a difference in everyone's life. it's the fire that drives us on. it gets us through the rougher, harder times. >> i still cling to the fact that music does something to the molecules. i think music is only thing that can collectively change the molecules in all of us. gosh, what an immense blessing to be able to have that impact on people. ♪
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[ applause ] ♪ god bless you. thanks. >> whoa! thank you. thank you very much. god bless. i really appreciate it. ♪ well just knowing your door is always open and your path is free to walk ♪ ♪ that makes me -- now what is
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that, the verse you have to have one of those things on me. i forgot everything i learned. i thought we had to sing. i forgot where a flat was, man. >> got one. >> right at the top of the show. seriously. >> our tell prompter went out. oh, i was wondering. has anyone here got everything -- what do you call it? >> hold on. hold on. >> what? >> we're going to pull it up. okay. ready? >> okay. ♪ oh, there we go. yea! ♪ just knowing that your door is always open and your path is
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free to walk ♪ ♪ that makes me kin to leave my sneakers stashed behind your couch ♪ >> try a little kindness. that thing has this long guitar solo in it. he is reading the teleprompter because he is pretty much reading the teleprompter for every song. he is singing and he said, glen, play a long guitar solo here. okay. i'll play one then. ♪ ♪
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♪ >>. ♪ well you have to try a little kindness show a little kindness ♪ track your life for everyone to see ♪ ♪ and if you try a little kindness then you overlook the blindness of narrow minded people on their narrow minded streets ♪ the narrow minded people on their narrow minded streets ♪
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>> i don't know if the world knows what a great guitar player glen campbell is. they should if you go back and watch his tv shows and listen to those records. a lot of those records he played on the notes didn't say glen campbell played on those beach boys records, but he did. ♪ ♪ i am a lineman for the county ♪ ♪ and i drive the main roads searching in the sun for another overload ♪ ♪ i hear you singing in the wire
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i can hear you through the line ♪ ♪ is still on the line >> so many blessings tied up in this. think about what is doing on with glen and the gift he's giving and the gift he's receiving and how he is touching people's lives and how many people are going through this with their family members feel so seen because he is opening up such a conversation. >> he just goes around breaking the barrier. he walks around and he shakes hands and he says hi and he tells his jokes and he talks like donald duck and he makes people smile. >> i walk in to the kitchen to get something, right, and i said, what did i come in here for? you know. i stopped it. i quit going in to the kichen. >> it's amazing to see him be
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vulnerable. our culture doesn't encourage us to do that very much. i don't know if i would be able to make the decision to be that vulnerable. >> who are these people up here? oh, yeah. there they are. >> okay. this is my -- over there. yeah, my kids and friends and whoever else is here. >> hi. >> my darling. >> just me, dad. >> introduce me. >> i have. i got it right here. i had to write it down or you would have got it first. >> you are funny. how about we just play a song. >> my daughter ashley campbell. she plays banjo, sings, guitars. . >> you want me to introduce everybody now. >> we're going to do that later. we will introduce the band later. how about we duel a little bit?
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>> all right. ready? >> of course. i was born ready. ♪ ♪ >> that wasn't exactly the glen campbell that we had known but he still was. so he wanted to sing wichita lineman twice. who gives a rat's ass. but he walked out and played his heart out and the crowd loved it. ♪
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>> i sat there at the ryman last night and i cried and i laughed and i learned. he's still glen campbell. ♪ ♪
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♪ [ cheers and applause ] >> the audience being there somehow triggers his ability to access that other part of his brain, which is incredible. >> i watched the family on stage together and i watched them performing. i know it's coming down the road. i just think of kim, and think of her every day and what changes she's going to see in this man that's so strong and happy and big. and he's so much to us and i know he's going to kind of shrink. it is heart breaking. >> glen, last night at the ryman, you sometimes forgot what key it was in, but you could always remember the melody.
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how is that? >> i couldn't answer it but i can do it and i can do it when i want to do at this time. it's amazing. sometimes i don't want to do it. no. it's just something that is in your system. i really don't know what it is. i wish i knew. >> look over there. >> uh-huh. >> during the course of our touring, we would have, you know, a few weeks here or few days there where we'd come back to malibu and try to enjoy a normal life. >> play the piano for me. open and close. >> i'm a guitar player. >> open and close close your hands. >> we are still dealing with the little things every day that are difficult for glen. like where's the bathroom in your own home and every second is a challenge for him. >> if i start out by asking how you feel and how you think you are doing. >> i just thank the lord for giving me a good -- what do you
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call it? >> pretty good health. >> yeah. but you know, ain't nothing wrong with me. i can still jump as high but i can't stay up as long, though. >> his coordination seems pretty good. >> uh-huh. >> doing buttons or shaving, those sorts of things. >> yeah, really well. >> what about the bathroom habit is that under control? >> uh-huh. >> or more less. >> yeah. there were more problems with that a year ago. >> right. i remember. so that resolved. >> it resolved. it stopped. >> what? >> you were -- you were i think getting disoriented in the middle of the night. >> when? >> about a year ago in our bedroom you would get up in the middle of the night and pee in the corner or in a hotel room and you would go to the bathroom. >> that is when i was drinking. >> no. there might be a trash can next to the toilet and you would pee in the trash can instead of the
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toilet. >> honey, i sleep walk is what that is called. i would. if i didn't trip over it was a good -- when i tripped over it, oh, good gosh. >> when is the last time glen performed before an audience? >> what? yesterday. when was that? >> i think it was saturday night. >> saturday night. >> where was it? >> you are going to be seeing me next. okay. we were in pennsylvania. we were in morrisburg -- no, wait. >> yeah. >> shippensburg, pennsylvania. >> he's staying busy, huh. >> uh-huh. >> generally would you say he is doing well? >> very good. >> enjoying the -- >> he's loving it. >> enjoying the performance. >> really having a good time on stage. >> so there's been some decline, the way glen presents himself
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excellent. bright, alert, interacts well, communicates well. where i am surprised is how preserved glen is. how able he is po perform, how able she to communicate to interact. i think he's doing much better than most people. you are maintaining your int intellectual activity because you are doing the stuff you love to do. you are performing and i feel confident you are doing as well as you are doing. because your memory did decline somewhat since the last time i saw you that's the reason we are going to boost the does dose of your medication at this point and see if that helps. there is some data that suggests he may get a cognitive boost from a stronger dose. >> may help your memory a little bit and your thinking. make you sharper. >> i have been trying to get rid of it the last 40 years. >> you are doing a good job.
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>> i think there are parts of glen's life that he would like to forget. i think that's why he had an alcohol problem when i first met him. i think he was drinking to forget the pain of divorces and maybe the guilt of the children that were involved in those divorces. he felt really bad he wasn't there to be a father for them. ♪ >> i'm here to see glen campbell. i have been a fan since 1967. i have ever album he ever made. i'm so happy i will be able to see him perhaps maybe for the last time. >> seem so glad he has the courage to go and do this farewell tour, which is going on. i'm really looking forward to it.
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>> i think today when you get a diagnosis like alzheimer's, it scares people but if you think of it like people used to think of it, before you ever heard of alzheimer's, like old grandpa is getting forgetful. >> starting to lose the memory a little bit. >> that's part of life, you know. go with it. and have fun with it. laugh at yourself. ♪ >> thank you, new york city! [ cheers and applause ] >> working seems to really stimulate his mind and he really seems to enjoy it. there's a funny thing that he does when he is getting his adulation from the audience. him pat the back of his
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he's explained that to me. it's the hair goes up on his neck, like goose bumps. so he is just like -- that's his way of telling us he has the goose bumps and really feeling the energy from the crowd. ♪ golden sails across the sky ♪ ♪ close enough to touch but careful if you try ♪ ♪ the moon's a harsh mistress. the moon can be so
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♪ good lord it felt so fine ♪ elvis would have done it ♪ and then the darkness fell the moon is a harsh mistress ♪ ♪ it's hard to love her well ♪ fell out of her eyes i fell out of her heart ♪ ♪ i fell down on my face i tripped and missed my start ♪
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>> he's left his mark in the music industry time and time again and will continue to and he's continuing to do it now, again, in the latter part of his life, which is -- i find that to be so inspiring. ♪ she's hard to call your home ♪ musicians like glen, it's magical is what they did. it's magic. >> you know, what is life? i mean, life is a -- is a journey of spiritual growth and accumulated moments and experiences. but it's memories. that's what life is. it's memories. that's all i have of my whole life is memories. ♪ by the time i get to phoenix she'll be rising ♪ by the time i get to phoenix,
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galveston, and all these songs of his that i loved, glen's voice, his voice got to me. there's a real -- it's a high lonesome tonality about the way he sings, but there's a cry in his voice that just -- i just totally affected me. i really wished i could sing like that when i was younger. ♪ and i drive the main roads >> i grew up singing them. i sang so many of them over the years. you had to. you covered those growing up where i did. ♪ i hear you singing in the wires ♪ >> we always kind of fight for respect a little bit as country players. and here is a guy that played on these records that he could stand toe to toe with anybody.
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♪ >> this is how many sides of glen people either don't know or have forgotten. so many people know him as the rhinestone cowboy guy or whatever song they might attach to glenn. and then you start going back into his career and you find this incredible session played and then you find a guy who was hosting one of the most popular tv shows at the time. i mean, and it goes on and on and on as an extraordinarily talented, diverse human being. >> from television city in hollywood, ladies and gentlemen, gle n campbell. >> well, i was a young writer on the glen campbell good time hour. and we all just immediately admired his talent. ♪
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he just went along with it. he was completely game and completely fun. and he had kind of a down home sense of humor. ♪ my home is on my back ♪ i know every inch of highway every back road every railroad train ♪ >> it was such a treat for us young writers to be introduced to that level of talent at such a young age. >> i haven't figured out what the -- what is that? i can't remember what it is. >> it's a lifetime achievement award. >> life time dush reckon -- >> right. >> lifetime? >> yeah. >> well, hey, i ain't done yet. >> yeah. tell them that. >> glenn campbell is such an
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important part of our family. my dad was working for an independent book and record promoter back in the day. through the years, they became really good friends and around '67, '68, my dad went independent and glen said, hey, we want to put you on retainer, if we have a hit, we'll be with you forever. there were times where the only check that month was from glen campbell. so that will always mean the world to me. >> huge venue television audience, television cameras. a band twice as big. it might be offputting. ♪
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♪ summer night >> man, what a cool -- what a cool entertainer, man, just everything that i'm trying to be with music and now somehow television and stuff, glen campbell was the inventor of that for country music in my eyes, you know? >> it's a big deal to come and sing this for him? >> big deal to -- you know, it's a big deal to sing it for him. it's a way bigger deal for me to sing it with him. i mean, i think when my career is over, one of these days, that this is going to be one of those moments i look back at and point at as one of the high points, you know? >> beautiful singing voice, that pure tone. and the simple presentation. he was never fancy, he wasn't singing all over the place. it was simple on the surface, but there was a world of emotion underneath. >> i always felt like he was just like the major leagues, five tool player, you know?
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you could act, he was good looking, he could play guitar and he could sing, he could write a song. you kind of hated him a little bit for that. >> how do you feel about playing tonight? >> wonderful. am i playing tonight? >> glen campbell has been making music history for decades. and he still is. he took country music to new heights and became a global superstar. not just on the radio, but in movies and tv, too. last year, glen announced that he was facing alzheimer's disease and he would cap his brilliant career with one morale bum and a farewell tour. >> teleprompter is way out in the middle of the room. >> what? >> teleprompter. >> in where? don't when you sing. it's way out in the middle of the room. >> oh, really? >> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the great glen campbell, everybody.
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♪ i've been walking these streets so long singing some good old song ♪ ♪ i know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of broadway ♪ thank you. ♪ you know where hustle is the name of the game and nice guys got runned over by the cloak in the rain ♪ ♪ there's been a load of compromise i compromisi compromising on the road to my horizon ♪ ♪ but i'm gonna be where the lights are shining on me ♪ ♪ like a rhinestone cowboy getting letters from people i don't even know ♪
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♪ and over the phone ♪ like a rhinestone cowboy and cowgirl ♪ thank y'all. thank y'all! thank y'all so much. where do i go? do i go somewhere or shut up? >> i was -- i was rocking to "rhinestone cowboy." so cool. so good. i just have to come and tell you i love you. that's all. >> well, god pleas you, man. i really appreciate it. >> the only way i've been able to get help in is when we have family friends that he's known for a really long time come to help. and i'm so thankful that i have so -- you know, such a great
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support system with our friends, daunte, the golf angel. >> yesterday, we went to the doctor and the dentist and he probably asked me 40 or 50 times where we're going. and i tell them and probably 15, 20 seconds, 30 seconds later, he asked me again. >> coffee. >> hey, baby, here's your coffee. >> my coffee. >> he likes to drink out of a big cup. >> good morning, glen campbell. >> you see that? >> yeah, grammy. >> i know. >> how ya feeling today, glen? >> fine. >> how was it at the grammys? >> it was -- it was cool. it was -- oh, a lot of stuff. really a lot of stuff went on there. >> do you remember what song you sang? >> rhinestone. >> gap. ♪ like a rhinestone cowboy
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>> do you remember why you -- why you went to the grammys? >> i don't know. i guess i earned something. i don't know what. >> a lifetime achievement award. >> oh, a lifetime achievement. what does that mean? >> they honored you for all your life's work. you got a standing ovation. >> did i? >> yep, you sure did. >> yeah. disappointing when i tell him the club. i would tell him what yardage and he would pick a club out. now he just stares at the clubs most of the times and i have to pick out a club for him. but the good thing is, he doesn't care too much. he'll get mad for a second if he had a bad shot, then he'll forget what shot he had, if it was good or bad. most of the time we say great shot. >> hey, how about that? short. yeah, it is.
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>> so unfortunately, alzheimer's attacks all parts of the brain. and we would expect musical skills, together with other intellectual skills, to decline during the course of alzheimer's disease. >> oh, i hit that so hard. >> ultimately, what happens is that the patients no longer have the cognitive capacity to understand what is being spoken to them. as things get worse, they start to forget the names of family members. they become confused about family and social relationships. as things really deteriorate, language function can be profoundly impaired. the pashts have difficulty expressing themselves. on occasion, patients regress when they develop hallucinations or dilutions and unfortunately glen is entering a stage where his cognition is getting worse.
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how is it possible that he could be so able in his musical skills? >> in glen's case, he he still has such a developed music area in his brain that he's able to pull it off. and entertain the public. somehow, that musical skill, that musical talent, if it's activated, can have a spreading effect and help their function globally in terms of their intellect. >> singing is a lot better than golfing. >> let's see. >> i want some shorts out of this. >> that's outdoor furniture fabric. >> well, i don't care. i know what it is. it would be glen campbell fabric when i wanted pit it. >> yeah? >> that's right. >> too much. >> that's cool, honey. >> is that too busy?
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>> all right. so you want some shorts out of that, huh? >> yeah. i'd like to have some shorts out of that. >> well, i may be tempted to sit on you on the patio. okay. when we went to dr. coleman's office, he said i'm going the double his aeracept and i think that might give him a boost. well, it did in a different boost. it was like giving him viagra four times a day. he just would not leave me alone. so i called dr. cohen and he had, well, go back to the original dose. so we did. but we've been experimenting with, you know, things to deal with that la beado, too. i don't know what's going on in that brain, but depending on how you look -- look at it, i guess, there's an upside to alzheimer's. >> with alzheimer's, i think that's probably one of the worst
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things that people that have that, you know? and i think if we can -- if we can actually do -- get it out, what is wrong with that stuff, it's like it's just -- it would be a -- what an incredible blessing that would be if we could get -- get people to understand that and help the people who are, who do have alzheimer's. i think that would just be one of the greatest things in the world if that could happen. >> that came from your heart. that was you saying it, talking about it. >> do you ever get the blues? >> yeah. i do. >> we're going to the first floor. >> guesstimates are by 2030, the number will rise from 36 million
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globally to 115 million alzheimer's patients around the globe. we're doing more for alzheimer's disease is so inspiring. >> for five decade webs glen campbell has inspired the american people. now glen has found another way to inspire us, through his courageous efforts to raise awareness for alzheimer's. >> how is it going? >> good. wonderful. >> and this issue you've come to talk about, it's about the budget after all is said and done. everyone will say, you have to do something about alzheimer's, but how much of a priority is it for you in the budget? and eddie has been such a champion, as you know, probably his personal story. >> after my mother passed away from alzheimer's, i vowed that i would create a consciousness in congress. >> last year, we spent $140 billion on alzheimer's patients. and by the time all the baby boomers are retired, it's 15 or 16 million, which would raise the total cost up to $600
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billion, which would be the same as the defense budget this year. so one bomber carrying nuclear weapons is one quarter of the cost of that is $500 million. which is the total budget we have just for trying to find the cure. so how do we protect the american people, with more bombers or putting the research into alzheimer's where their families are really threatened and the balance becomes more budgetble. >> the motor we do, the better off and healthieier america wil be. so we could not be better served than glen campbell. r i mean, getting on the stage and singing, that must be fun, right? coming to congressional office, that's really generous. >> do you know where your playing tonight? >> the library of congress. >> that's right.
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>> you know, by the time i became governor in the late '70s, he was already a major figure in american music. and i knew that he was from the light, which is close to where i grew up. he has brought a clarity to this issue. we don't spend nearly enough money on alzheimer's research. we don't really have any way of slowing the progression of the disease. it's going to be a massive problem and we just need to get a big majority of the congress on board with the idea that the federal research dollars are essential in the biomedical areas. they just are. you can't possibly get any approaching the level investment you need on a problem this big.
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he's trying to come up with something to slow alzheimer's or reverse it. this tour of his says here i am, here is what's happening to to me. i'm going out with a smile on my face and a song in my heart and i'm sharing it with you so you will know. you will know. that may be more of an enduring legacy than all the music he made. >> an emotional moment in washington today where ashley campbell told senators where alzheimer's is doing to her father. that's because she happens to be the daughter of the legendary dinger, glen campbell. >> i think a person's life is comprised of memories and that's exactly what this disease takes away from you. like a memory of my dad taking my fishing in flagstaff when i was a little girl or playing banjo with my dad while he plays guitar. now when i play banjo with my dad, it's getting harder for him
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to follow along. and it's getting harder for him to recall my name. it's hard to come to the relation that some day my dad might look at me and i would be absolutely nothing to him. >> what are you doing? boo. count. ♪ 4 years old when you went upside to your bed ♪ ♪ thunder rolls and i pull the cover over my head ♪ ♪ you say it's just a storm enjoy the show ♪ ♪ you take me to the window and
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you show me that it's beautiful ♪ ♪ in every had to ask you to sing for me it's just the way you put me at ease ♪ ♪ bone for bone we are the same ♪ ♪ bones get tired and they can't carry all the weight ♪ ♪ we can talk until you can't even remember my name ♪ ♪ daddy, don't he worry i'll do the remembering ♪ ♪ daddy, don't you worry i'll do the remembering ♪ >> look here at daddy. say okey dokey papa. >> okey dokey. >> papa. >> papa. >> are you asking me?
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>> yeah. >> cal. you're supposed to be saying it. >> you want to know who is the second of our children? >> yeah. just go right now. >> cal. shann shannon. and -- >> what? >> cal, shannon and -- our daughter. >> ashley. ashley. >> say i'm 5 1/2 months old. >> ashley gets the first piece. >> most of the time, say, son, he'll call everybody son. >> who is this, your dad? >> i have -- it was a long time ago. he called everybody son. hey, son. >> your dad, your grandpa? >> no, no, from -- in nashville. hey, haas.
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and i went to whatever that is and with him and -- >> i think i cried the first week. it got me. it still does. so this was a man, my hero. had a mind like a steel trap. and to see him to the point that he can't remember my name, that got me. >> my father-in-law passed away from alzheimer's. we were like this. so i've seen it at any stage when that first day when suddenly somebody looks at something and goes, you know, what's this? and it's a lock and they don't -- you know, and then to where it snows overnight and how did that get here? what is that? my father passed away when he was 70.
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he was just 70 years old. the part of the brain that was affected at first was, you know, this is a white cup, but he couldn't say it's a white cup. he would say, maybe, it's a black cup or he couldn't get it out. and it really frustrated him. >> my mom didn't -- it didn't happen that way with her. one night the was time to go to bed and my dad was just in the king sized bed on his size and she was just like, oh, no, there's a man in there. my parents, they would never go for this. are you kidding me? >> i had a grandmother who is in the nursing home now, didn't know me. her mother died in a nursing home and didn't know her. >> it affects people differently. you know, it's not like one, oh, that's what it is. when it comes to the brain,
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parts of the brain, the memory loss, it's motor skills. >> at first, it would make me angry because he would not listen to me. don't do that. that's not polite. don't lick your plate. here, take a piece of bread. he would fight me about it. >> i'm telling you, that's good, boy. wow. >> i would get angry and take my plate and i would go eat in the pantry on a little stool by myself. baht because i refused to look at him that way. >> my mom couldn't have a conversation even though she knew me. we would sit on the couch and watch tv and i would sit with her feet in my lap and pray. i would just pray for grace. >> but i think that's just part of my defense mechanism. i do not want to see him being an invalid. i don't want to see him degenerating, you know? i don't want to see glenn in
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that condition, you know? i think -- i think it's better to die from something else. >> my mother is young enough, she's in her 60s now, but she's young enough that we don't have any signs of that yet, thank god. it's very good chance and then i'm probably next. so it's -- it's like let's figure this out, can you? i'm 41. figure this out before i'm 70, please. somebody find that gene and turn it off. cnn presents, "glen campbell i'll be me." for more, go to >> we use our memory every day,
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to get ready, to get goes. to do the things we enjoy. sometimes memory loss is a normal part of aging. sometimes it's not. researchers have found that alzheimer's can start 15 to 20 years before symptoms appear. that's why research at lily is focused on early diagnosis. and earlier treatments. we are working hard to find the next break through. >> we had a few days off. my dad wanted to go and see his family in arkansas so we had this big family reunion in delight. and it was just so beautiful. ♪ home again i turned my collar to the wind ♪ ♪ started home gagain ♪ >> i've got a -- a locker full of write-ups on him.
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if he would see it, he wouldn't believe it. i'm his biggest fan, it's 250 pounds. >> whether did you first notice that he was having memory problems? >> it was back in december, but it was more or less his short-term. his long-term is -- >> what did you notice? >> just repiecing. >> okay. i won't cry. thank you all and it's -- it's -- all mess baby brothers and sisters and kin folks and friends. >> now, when i see my dad, it's just -- you know, all there is to say is i love you. i mean, in the final analysis, it all comes down to i love you. and hug him.
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>> he is the sweetest, kindest, most loving man that i've had the pleasure to have in my life and be my father. he really, truly is a country boy. >> got about 400 acres here. so this is our place on both sides of the creek here. >> that's the house glen built for grandma and grandpa back in the '60s. >> he built that there for mommy and daddy. >> there's the church of christ. he built it so mommy could walk to church. >> we have a lot of visitors come by here and see daddy's brother's grave. know that was glen campbell's daddy. >> we were raised in a very religious household. my parents are both very strong
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believers. and, like, every time i would go out of the house, he would say something along the lines of you be good and honor the lord. >> i know god is always with us. and god allows things to happen for whatever reasons we don't understand his ways. god has always been what's given me strength to face each day. i just trusting him for the rest of our -- our journey. the bible says a merry heart works like a good medicine. and birthness is like drying us to the bones. so it's just healthy all the way around to keep a merry heart. you'll be healthy and not just to fight alzheimer's but to fight anything you're up against, if you could keep a good sense of humor. >> honey, do you really need that? >> yeah. i want it. >> it's cold, man. that's great. it's wonderful. >> that's a great idea, honey.
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>> yeah. that way if you go missing at night, i can see you when you drive up with my headlights. >> do you think that will fit a giant snausher, as well? >> is that the schnauzer you got? >> okay. yeah. all right. >> no, he's got to wear it. he's going to wear it out. >> got to get you in and out of the shower for the show. you've got a show to do. >> yeah. >> got to get you in and out of the shower. >> yeah. >> let's go. >> i've done there. >> no, you haven't. >> i've been through this. >> nope. it's really hard to get him to take a shower. because he's always cold. i always say he's like king david. king david in the bible in his older years, he just could not stay warm. so they got him a young virgin to sleep with him. but that's not happening, so i
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just have to keep him warm and, you know, i'll turn the hair dryer on in the bathroom and warm it up. >> i've always known that my mom was a very strong woman. and i think she's handled this situation exactly like i expected her to. he is incredibly blessed to have her in his life. >> chancy, look what's down. >> did you find something to get it? >> if everybody will leave you alone. >> i ain't bothering you. but i will. >> i'll leave you one. just one. >> you leave me one. >> here. >> what you need to do is go to the dentist down the street and have him fix it.
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>> no. and i ain't gonna do it, either. i don't want to -- there. >> so those things are frustrating for me because i try to help him. but there's just something in his mind that i'm not doing right and he can't do it and he gets frustrated. and then he gets angry. >> i'm telling you, man -- >> you just had a knife in your mouth on the bus a few minutes ago. >> i did not! >> yes, you did. >> don't blame no nothing. if i did, i would have had it done by now. >> i just can't pull it out and it's driving me nuts. >> okay. >> you -- you don't know understand. you can see it, can you? >> yes. >> look. i know where it is. >> i know. >> he went upstairs and my mom went upstairs with him and he wouldn't let it go. all of a sudden, he just dropped it. and he came back downstairs a
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couple minutes later, and he goes, when did you get here? hi, honey. how are you? and he hugged me and he was loafy dovy and he's like, boy, i'm tired. i'm going to go to bed. man, it's like forgiveness without reconciliation. >> it's time to get up. i'm getting it warm for you. it's time to get up and go to a big slow. carnegie hall. you had a long nap. now it's time to get up and go do a big show. >> thank you, new york city. wow. >> it's knowing that your door is always open and your path is
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free to walk ♪ >> he was just, like, reaching up saying, you know, the light is shining on me. and it was shining on him. but he was feeling really happy and just happy that this is something that was good for him but it was good for everybody in the audience. ♪ new york city >> god bless you. thank you so much. >> we tried this here, just in this. so i should just take it. take this back and do it. >> just put your orange ones in another pair of shoes. >> huh? >> you have a lot of different pairs of shoes. >> shoestrings. >> what? >> shoestrings. >> don't you just put on your --
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what is that, honey? >> it's a shoe and it's a shoe string. >> yeah, right. >> yeah. >> it's really cool. and i put this on there and -- >> it's flashy. >> yeah. okay. i love you so. i love you so, honey. >> well, we had done a series of shows that went pretty well. we went up to chicago to do an alzheimer's foundation dinner. he had a really hard time performing anything at that dinner. ♪ some days i'm so confused,
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lord ♪ ♪ my past gets in my way ♪ i need the ones i love, lord okay. so what are their names? >> my son, you -- >> and what's my name? >> my wife. you're my darling. >> this is not a fun illness. it's a really challenging illness for people to deal with on, you know, every moment of their life. he can't find the bathroom in his own house. and the other night, he -- he came to bed in the middle of the night. the light was shining on the white bed, but down on the floor beneath, he would not wouldn't walk over there because he said there was a hole. and i said, no, no, trust me,
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you can walk over here. just keep coming, you know? every day is a challenge for me. i fooipd fight depression and it's -- it's just, you know, really intensely sad to see somebody you love struggle.ight it's just, you know, really intensely sad to see somebody you love struggle. because generally he clings to me like i'm his anchor for who am i, where am i? i'm his safety blanket that he wants me around all the time. okay, sweetheart, i promise we'll get -- we'll find them all. we'll get them back on the bed where you left them. >> what? >> they're right there. they're right next to the bed. now, if you go on -- on all the websites about alzheimer's, there is very typical. they become paranoid and they think people are stealing from them. >> he's had them for -- i got
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two -- that was a scary day with the golf clubs. he had become really agitated and was accusing daunte of stealing his clubs. >> where is he? >> it makes me hurt for him to see him so frustrated and just to see what's happening to him. >> i louf. >> i love you, lonnie. >> i know you do, baby. but i sure -- i sure love you. you're sure being nice to me. >> i love you. >> i'm really a [ expletive ]. this last half of a week. >> after chicago, the frequency of bad shows had begun to increase. and we wanted to end on a high note. and we wanted to protect, you know, what he would want.
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>> that was the last calendar date of the tour. so we don't know. this could be it. >> could be it. >> of all the shows that he's played, he's played thousands and thousands of shows. i thought, man, it's so sad that he -- he doesn't know this is his last show. >> does he want to do it? we've reached a point where i think he's unable to do it. he's not capable now. >> he's got to have a jacket to match his hat. the camouflage one. >> awesome. >> like the way his memories are, it's dimming and this whole thing is coming to an end, but it won't be like fireworks going off and everything else. it's not like a banner is going down. but the light is starting to get smaller and smaller with us being on tour. >> that tour was crazy.
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when he was off stage, i was chasing him around hotels. he didn't want to stay in the hotel room. we were in one hotel that every door had a doorbell. and he went around pressing everyone's doorbell. he thought they were elevator buttons. and so people, you know, in the hallways were answering the door and there's glenn c campbell standing there. >> honey, stop leaving me. >> by the time we get to napa, the last show, we were afraid that the napa show would fall completely apart. >> honey. honey! glen! >> i just hope that today is going to be a good day. >> i don't ever any expectations. you know, i just know that it's just going to happen as it does and like it does every night. ♪ >> thank you, napa, california. i appreciate it.
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i'm glen campbell and i'm -- god bless you. of course, as long as i've been around, i'm happy to be anywhere. but to come here and to play, it makes my hair itch. it really does, you know, when your hair raises up? you ever have that happen? and it just -- ♪ it's knowing that your door is always open and your path is free to walk ♪ ♪ that makes me tend to leave my sleeping bag rolled up behind your couch ♪ yeah. ♪ well, i just might
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hey, who's running this thing? okay. ♪ that you're moving on the back road by the rivers of my memory ♪ ♪ and for hours you just sitting along my mind ♪ way too much. light winds. ♪ too thin. way too thin. ♪ ♪ we've got to have some treble on out here.
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this is really terrible. there. thank you. >> that was a really difficult day. that was a difficult leading up to the show. it was really stressful and difficult. that night was really, really, really, hard, you know? and we just knew -- we just knew, there is it. we were going home for the christmas break and that we were not going to add more -- more shows after that. >> i know the first 15 minutes was very -- it was very rough. he was repeating the songs and started talking to much and it was just -- it was scary. scary for everybody. i could just see it on everybody's face. >> i want to see this thing up. i just barely can hear it displayed, okay? now, who is in the hell is doing that out there in my group? would you say that? ♪ you've got to try a little kindness
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show a little kindness ♪ >> the entire time the audience was completely with him. even though, like, from my point of view half of it was a train wreck. you know? but once again, i just -- you let go. it's out of your control, you know? ♪ it feels so good, friends ♪ life feels good stop this world from biting ♪ ♪ nothing can la, la ♪ da, da, da da, da, da, da ♪ ♪ have you ever finished summer nights ♪ ♪ you just throw in the night
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♪ lordy, i just love them summer nights, here in napa, california ♪ thank y'all so much. y'all are just awesome. >> i know there -- there may be people would don't understand why we've gone out on tour and why we've opened ourselves up and exposed this illness so publicly, why we've allowed a loved one to -- to go on stage and take a risk of, you know, he could make a fool out of himself on stage. but it's something that he wanted to do and it's something that we think is healthy for him. and it's been worth the risk
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because he's done a great job. and he's still glen campbell and he's trying to live his life as long as he can to its fullest. we haven't let it go to the point where he's going to embarrass himself or -- or anyone. and the fans have been so supportive, we've been listening to them, too. they want him out there. they want to hear him music and they don't care if he messes up. you know, they love him. and he loves them. so we've tried to do it as long as we can. >> it's still happened enough times where at least everyone felt good about the decision to end the tour officially. >> the fact that you can still have the moments with him, you know, you can't really beat that. and just cherish every moment. >> i'll never forget. it was the best time of my life.
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i'm ron peterson, director of the mayo clinic alzheimer's research center in rochester, minnesota. i'd like to thank the campbell family for their courage in sharing their journey through alzheimers disease with us in this inspiring movie. it's an exciting time to be involved in research and care for persons with alzheimer's disease. the scientific community is at a threshold of making significant progress toward a cure. we are now able to identify the earliest features of the disease and also determine who might be at risk of alzheimer's disease even before the developing symptoms. research is under way to develop treatments that may alter the progression of this devastating disease and subsequently early identification is a paramount importance. as therapies are developed, the sooner we intervene, the more likely we are to be successful at treating and ultimately
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preventing alzheimer's disease. i'd like to thank you for watching the film and appreciate your support in the quest to conquer alzheimer's disease. nice. top again? >> it's gotten to the point where he doesn't know what we're talking about. it doesn't matter what the conversation is, he just does not understand. but he understands music. i think with -- with glen, music is the last thing to go. the most deeply embedded thing in his memory, in his soul and spirit. >> okay. i like it. >> to me, that's -- glen is returning, you know? just something in his spirit and
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the twinkle of his eye and the way he enjoys the music. just reminds me of the way he really is. you know, the way he was when i met him. ♪ i'm still here -- one. >>. ♪ i'm still here -- >> i think we got it, howard. we're good. >> we got the line we need. that's to learn the chorus. >> all right, guys, you want to play? >> uh-huh. >> okay. same tune? >> yeah. same tune. ♪ i'm still, but yet i'm gone
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♪ i don't play guitar or sing my song ♪ ♪ they never define who i am the man that loves you till the end ♪ ♪ you're the last person i will love ♪ ♪ you're the last place i will recall ♪ ♪ and best of all i'm not gonna miss you ♪ ♪ not gonna miss you
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♪ i'm never gonna hold you like i did or say i love you to the kids ♪ ♪ you're never gonna see it in my eyes it's not gonna hurt me when you cry ♪ ♪ i'm never gonna know what you go through ♪ ♪ all the things i say or do all the hurt and all the pain one thing selfishly remains ♪ ♪ i'm not gonna miss you
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i'm not gonna miss you ♪ >> how is the alzheimer's coming along, glen? >> how is the what is? >> alzheimer's. >> oh, that's fine, yeah. i gave them a left hook. i just -- it's nothing wrong with me. i just can't remember anything. no, i've been a lot better. it don't -- it don't bother me. something you've got to live with. but it's been really wonderful. actually, hasn't it, lonnie?
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>> yeah. you're doing a great thing by doing this film. >> well, if i did, thank you. thank you for it. you're -- i'm glad i run into you. or you run into me. ♪xx on behalf of eli lilly and company, welcome to the special presentation of "glen cameble
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i'll be me." for nearly 140 years, lily has been dedicated to making life better through our medicine. and for the last quarter century, we have been working to discover treatments for alzheimer's disease. we are making progress, but a breakthrough can't come soon enough. tonight, we're proud to partner with cnn to bring you this powerful film. ♪ ♪


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